"As of early today, the signers totaled 500,058 and the number was rising."
Why does WorldNetDaily not make these signers' names public? Because it's ridiculously easy for one person to sign the petition as many times as he wants. It's not necessary to clear cookies or reload the browser. It's not necessary to different e-mail addresses, or real e-mail addresses, or even names with letters in them. You can use numbers or even dollar signs instead of letters if you want. Simply change a single character in a single box, and you can sign an infinite number of times, as fast as you can reload the page.
So who was the 500,000th signer to WorldNetDaily's petition? I was. With the fake numerical name "216 500K" and the fake e-mail of "firstname.lastname@example.org." I also signed it 215 more times in the 20 minutes just prior, with the same last name and e-mail. And here's the proof:
March 12, 2010. 8:59 a.m.
Total Signatures: 496,425
April 6, 2010. 2:50 p.m.
Total Signatures: 499,420
Signature Frequency since March 12: ~120/day, or ~5/hour.
April 9, 2010. 8:49 a.m.
Total Signatures: 499,778
Signature Frequency since April 6: 130/day, or 5.4/hour.
(In all the screenshots below, the clock in the bottom corner of the screen is consistently ten minutes behind. This is a quirk of the computer, and it is why the clock from time.gov was utilized.)
April 9, 2010. 8:53 a.m.
Mr. "1 500K" with e-mail address "email@example.com" prepares to sign the petition.
See the ten tabs at the top? Each one contains the exact same numerical surname ("500K") and the exact same impossible e-mail address ("firstname.lastname@example.org"). The first names are simply sequentially numbered, starting at 1, and as seen below, eventually continuing all the way through 220.
April 9, 2010. 9:00 a.m.
Confirmation for "100 500K," the 499,881st Petitioner.
April 9, 2010. 9:02 a.m.
April 9, 2010. 9:10 a.m.
Total Signatures: 499,984
#216's Form (screenshot taken at 9:15, through use of the backpage function)
April 9, 2010. 9:12:34 a.m.
#216 = The 500,000th Petitioner!
April 9, 2010. 9:12:47 a.m.
#217 = The 500,001st Petitioner!
April 9, 2010. 9:13:07 a.m.
Total Signatures at 9:13:07 a.m.: 500,004
Signature Frequency since 8:53:35 a.m.: 11.57/minute = 694/hour = 16,660/day.
Congratulations to WorldNetDaily on reaching the half-million mark. They couldn't have done it without the help of Messrs. 1 through 216 500K. Gratitude may be sent to all of them at email@example.com.